Efe Ajagba: Meet the Nigerian Boxer Who Holds the Record For Fastest Victory In Boxing History

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Efe Ajagba nicknamed The One and Only is a Nigerian professional boxer. As an amateur, he won a gold medal at the 2015 African Games and bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. As a professional, Ajagba holds the record for the fastest victory in boxing history after his opponent Curtis Harper was disqualified for leaving the ring 1 second after the opening bell.

Boxing career

Ajagba was born on 22 April 1994 in Ughelli , Delta State, Nigeria. He took up the sport of boxing in 2011 after previously playing football for a club in Ughelli since 2005.

Ajagba competed in the super heavyweight division for the Nigerian team at the 2014 Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow where he won bronze after been defeated by Joseph Goodall of Australia.

He also competed At the 2015 African Games held in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo, in the men’s super heavyweight event. He won the gold medal, beating Keddy Angnes of the Seychelles by a score 3–0 in the final.

In 2016 he won the gold medal in the super heavyweight event at the African Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament held in Yaoundé , Cameroon.

Fastest Win

On 24 August 2018, Ajagba scored the fastest victory in boxing history in a match against Curtis Harper (a boxer with a 13-6 record), winning via a 1-second disqualification after Harper walked out of the ring seconds after the opening bell in protest over a pay dispute.

It was a stunning moment that aired on Fox Sports1 live from the Minneapolis Armoryin Minnesota.

More than 760,000 people have viewed the video of the “fight” on YouTube.

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Till today Many believe Harper was scared to fight Ajagba, an undefeated fighter who had knocked out the five opponents he’d faced before that bout.

Watch video below:

As seen on ESPN, Here’s the tiny oral history of the night Curtis harper walked out of the ring, according to the people who were there.

Ronnie Shields, Efe Ajagba’s trainer:“At the weigh-in, the guy’s wife went up to my fighter and asked him to please not hurt her husband.”

Sandra Rosenberg, Curtis Harper’s wife: “Efe doesn’t understand Much English. I told him,’I love my husband. Take it easy on him.’ Lighthearted. I’m a silly kind of person.”

Ronnie Shields: “I think he was fine up until he saw Ajagba.”

Harper: “It was the hardest thing for me to do, to walk back to the dressing room. I didn’t quit. It Never started. However people see it is really not my concern.”


Efe Ajagba Recently added more fuel to his growing reputation with a fifth-round knockout of his opponent Kiladze at the Toyota Arena in Ontario, California on Saturday, December 21.

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Watch highlights:

Ajagba knocked down Kiladze twice in the fight, first in the second round and then again in the fifth.

Ajagba now has won 12 in 12 fights with 10 knockouts as a fast-rising heavyweight boxer.



Uzonna Anele
Anele is a web developer and a Pan-Africanist who believes bad leadership is the only thing keeping Africa from taking its rightful place in the modern world.

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